Romans 4

Posted: September 23, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, The Christian Life

Romans 4:1-12

English Standard Version (ESV)

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

What jumped out at me today and caused me to exult in the majesty & love of God in Christ Jesus were 2 verses, 7 & 8.

Many times in conversation with different people I’ve heard people tell me how “blessed” they were. Either with health, or a great family, or great weather, or money, or food, etc….  And I’m not knocking have a worshipful countenance to your life. When we give thanks at meals or prayer time at night, we always thank God for the day, our home, our family and ask for continual protection as we sleep.

But today while reading through Romans 4 with a friend I was struck with Paul quoting Psalm 32:

 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Let that sit on your heart & mind for a bit…….

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take longer if you like

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You beloved in Christ are the most “Blessed” you could be, right now, until you meet the Savior face to face. You might find that hard to believe especially if there are hard things going on in your life. I would encourage you to read Psalm 73 as it always helps me when I feel like everyone else around me is getting all the “good” & I’m forgotten.

 

Those who find refuge in the Lord Almighty will truly have all they want or need.

 

Blessings

 

 

   

 

 

 

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